So you’ve taken the plunge into cloth diapering and you’re on the fence, should you continue using disposable wipes or try your hand at cloth wipes? You’ve come to the right place because you’ve stepped into Cloth Wipes 101!
First things first you need to decide on the kind of fabric you want your wipes to consist of. There are many fabric choices out there and like any parenting decision you are going to make you need to choose the one that best suits your family. Here are a few choices you’ll find out there:
Fleece (pictured): The benefit of this fabric is that it absorbs your solution easily and also creates a nice, moist surface to wipe your bambino’s bum. I have found that I only need to use two wipes per dirty diaper change when using my fleece wipes.
Flannel: This fabric is thinner and often is used on one side of the wipe. Careful though most flannel fabric will fade with use which is understandable given the job they have been assigned to do.
Velour: Yes, get your old track suits out of the closet! (Just kidding!) Like a fleece fabric, velour
absorbs the solution quite well and is also incredibly gentle on your baby’s bottom.
Terry Cloth: Calling all washcloths! That’s what you’ll find with this kind of wipe fabric. Beware though, if your baby has very sensitive skin and is prone to diaper the terry cloth might be too harsh on their skin.
Sherpa: This fluffy fabric is soft and cushy on the skin and also very absorbent.
Once you’ve made the decision on the kind of wipes you’re going to use you need to decide how you’re going to store the wipes. There are two ways this can be done.
1. You can use a wipes case, found to store disposable wipes, fill the case with your dry wipes and then add the solution to the case. The thing you’ll need to be careful about with this method is to no let your wipes sit in the solution too long or they will start to smell.
2. You can also use that same wipes case to store the dry cloth wipes in and then use a spray bottle filled with your wipes solution. When you need to use a wipe simply take it out and spray the wipe to your desired wetness.
There are retailers that sell wipe solution or you can make your own. I found this basic recipe and have been using it since I started using cloth wipes:
Baby Oil (I use the cap as a measuring tool –
one cap fill)
Baby Shampoo – One long squirt.
I combine those ingredients into a Mason jar and then shake it up. The solution usually lasts me about a week or week and a half. The thing I love about making my own solution is the control I have over it. If one shampoo or oil bothers my son’s skin, I simply try another one. For example, I used a lavender scented
organic shampoo once and sure enough, the scent bothered his rash prone skin. So it was back to the basic, unscented shampoo. No fun for Mama, who likes to fancy up her cloth diapering, but it worked for him.
Lastly, you’ll simply wash your wipes with the rest of your cloth diapers. I would recommend rinsing/washing your wipes separately from your diapers if you decided to store them in the solution. The oil can cause absorbency issues for your diapers if they’ve been saturated in the solution for days.
Best of luck! Hopefully you’ll be as happy with the decision to use cloth wipes as I was. It’s made a huge difference for my son, who’s skin is very prone to diaper rashes. I think you’ll find that it’s not as intimidating as you thought it was!
About Elizabeth: She's the mama behind the blog FTM, First Time Mom. Married since 2005 to her college sweetheart and mama to 2yr old Brennan. Elizabeth is expecting her second child, Kendall, soon.
Elizabeth says, "I really feel that even though I'm into my second pregnancy I will always be a first time mom - FTM. Brennan will always be my "experiment" and my first everything. Thanks for reading and joining me in on this little thing we call "motherhood.""